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NC Senate panel wants more info on highway letter

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A Senate committee is investigating a letter that a senator received from the North Carolina Department of Transportation about funding for two highway toll projects that turned out to be false. Full story...
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Berger, Davis feud as New Hanover commission updates travel policy

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video New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger is back in spotlight. Berger and Commission Chair Ted Davis, both Republicans, had a heated exchange at this morning's county commission meeting. Full story...
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New fee would tax race runners in Wilmington

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video Runners may soon have to shell out more cash for their hobby. The proposed fee is part of Wilmington's recommended budget for the upcoming year. It would require all city race participants to pay an extra dollar for each race they run. Full story...
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New Hanover commissioners approve budget, honor retiring manager

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New Hanover County Commissioners unanimously approved next year's budget today. Commissioners also honored many retiring county employees at today's meeting, including long time County Manager Bruce Shell. Full story...
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NC House approves fracking bill

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The North Carolina House has approved a form of natural gas drilling critics say will contaminate groundwater. Full story...
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House overrides Perdue veto of student loan opt-out

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The House has overridden a veto by Gov. Bev Perdue on legislation to give all North Carolina community colleges the ability to decline to offer certain low-interest federal student loans. Full story...
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NC Senate gives final approval to its budget plan

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The Senate and House have now approved competing budget bills for North Carolina state government for the coming year. The Senate on Thursday completed the final required votes for a proposed $20 billion plan, approving the Republican-developed proposal on a party-line vote. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Sterilization victim reacts to absent compensation bill in Senate budget

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video Elnora Mills was sterilized at age 16. She thinks it happened while in surgery to have her appendix removed. Two years later she found out. Though a bill passed through the state House last week, money for Mills and other eugenics victims is not in the Senate's budget. Full story...
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Federal prosecutors drop case against John Edwards

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Federal prosecutors have filed an order dismissing the remaining criminal charges against John Edwards. Full story...
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NC Senate gives tentative approval to $20B budget

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The North Carolina Senate has agreed along party lines to a $20 billion budget bill for next year that Republican plan authors say puts the state on stronger fiscal footing but Democrats derided as sending the wrong message on education. Full story...
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Dalton endorsed by NCAE for governor

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North Carolina's leading teacher lobbying group has endorsed Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton to be the state's next governor. Full story...
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PPP: McCrory adds slightly to lead in polls over Dalton

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A new poll shows little change in how North Carolina voters view the candidates for governor. Public Policy Polling found Pat McCrory leads Walter Dalton 47-40. That's almost identical to McCrory's 46-40 advantage in May. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Wrightsville Beach laws face a line in the sand

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video With a smoking ban under consideration at Wrightsville Beach, many people wonder if the town could even enforce such an ordinance. So what is legal? What's not? And where? At Wrightsville Beach the line in the sand is drawn at high tide. It's called the 1939 Line, which defines town property from the dunes to the high water mark. Full story...
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Carolina Beach town council developing plan in response to lease violation

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Town leaders discussed what to do about a lease violation for property owned by the US Army during its meeting Tuesday night. Full story...
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NC Senate approves sea level calculation bill

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The North Carolina Senate has approved a bill that ignores scientists' warnings of rising sea levels. Senators approved the bill on a 34-to-11 vote Tuesday. The measure received little fanfare and no senators spoke in opposition to the measure. Full story...
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